Great Ways for Seniors to Beat the Heat!
Across the country, August usually means excessive heat and humidity. Heat related illnesses can strike anyone- but seniors, especially those with chronic diseases, are especially vulnerable. Many may not always be aware of being too hot or thirsty, but it’s important to keep an eye out for the dangerous signs of overheating.
What to look for if the heat is impacting you?
- Signs of heatstroke resemble the flu.
- Nausea, muscle cramping, dizziness and loss of appetite are all common.
- Rapid pulse and breathing, confusion and clamminess are also common.
- If cool liquids and other methods of cooling off don’t seem to be working, consider seeking medical attention.
Some tips to manage heat and humidity:
- Stay in the coolest place available and avoid too much activity. A lower floor in your house or building is usually best.
- Use the air conditioner or at least a fan.
- If the power is out, go to an assigned cooling station or spend time in an air-conditioned public place such as a mall, library, or movie theatre.
- Eat lightly and drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine.
- Splash your wrists, face, and the back of your neck with cool water.
- Use ice cubes wrapped in a towel or a cooling pack to cool your body down.
- Stay in touch with relatives and neighbors during a heat wave.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool your body temperature down, or go for a swim.
Ensure that during hot weather you have cold fluids on hand and keep in touch with others, both for their safety and your own!